Foucault News

News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Problematic statues and ‘race war’ by Blake Smith, Washington Examiner, June 18, 2020 […] What we are in the habit of calling “identity politics,” and particularly political movements based on (somewhat contradictory) appeals to racial solidarity and anti-racism, depend on a “certain way of making historical knowledge work within political struggle.” So argued Foucault in …

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Pandemic Conundrum: To Control Or To Trust? – Analysis, Eurasia Review June 27, 2020 By Yasmine Wong The COVID-19 pandemic has blurred the boundaries between private and public life. Government efforts to discourage socially irresponsible behaviour have emboldened individuals to report, shame, and berate individuals who flout rules. This rise in mutual surveillance erodes trust …

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From Canada to Russia, every government is being selective in releasing coronavirus data Anton Oleinik, The Conversation, Scroll.in Jun 08, 2020 Covid-19 has affected almost every country around the globe. The World Health Organisation has confirmed cases in 216 countries and territories, a total that represents more than 85% of 251 entities recognised by the …

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Anton Oleinik, The politics behind how governments control coronavirus data The Conversation (Canada), June 5, 2020 COVID-19 has affected almost every country around the globe. The World Health Organization has confirmed cases in 216 countries and territories, a total that represents more than 85 per cent of 251 entities recognized by the United Nations. Yet …

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‘I Drove this Exact Truck’ How the War on Terror Came Back to Haunt America Iain Overton Byline Times, 4 June 2020 Iain Overton reports on how US counter-terrorism equipment is being deployed at home with an inevitable rise in militarisation, mortality and force over-reach n Wednesday 4 February 1976, the French academic Michel Foucault …

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The city in a time of plague By PEPE ESCOBAR, Asia Times, APRIL 17, 2020 See also How to think post-Planet Lockdown By PEPE ESCOBAR. Asia Times, APRIL 28, 2020 History teaches us that epidemics are more like revelatory moments than social transformers The plague-stricken town, traversed throughout with hierarchy, surveillance, observation, writing; the town …

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Editor: I’m constantly surprised by the contexts in which Foucault’s name pops up. Sailing as an essential activity Published on April 30th, 2020 by Darrell Nicholson, Practical Sailor, Scuttlbutt Sailing news (Florida, USA) Let’s take away all the boats. Not the ships engaged in essential commerce, not the barges hauling goods, not the net boats …

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Biopolitics and Coronavirus, or don’t forget Foucault by Felipe Demetri, Naked Punch First Posted: 03-21-20 […] What the coronavirus epidemic shows us is more the strength of Michel Foucault’s explanatory scheme than the current necro-thanatopolitical strain of interpretations. We all know that Foucault saw biopower as a series of events, from theoretical ones to concrete …

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Colleen Kelsey, Accidental Style Icon: Michel Foucault, Garage magazine on the Vice site, Sep 15 2019 The French philosopher, who literally recommended care for the Self, is proof that so-called “public intellectuals” tend to have the best style. […] I have regularly Googled, “Where did Foucault shop?” hoping for some unearthed cache of details. A …

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